August 09, 2017News, Team Alberta The women of softball began to split their double header on the second day of competition at the John Blumberg Softball Complex. Facing the powerful team from Ontario in the morning draw, the ladies dropped their match 4-1 in a tightly contested battle. It took three innings to see the first run of the game when Ontario scored three runs in the third. Later in the day, facing Saskatchewan, Alberta posted a strong fifth inning scoring five runs to come away with the win. Saskatchewan was first to get on the scoreboard with three runs in the opening inning, adding a single run in the second. Trailing 4-0 after two innings, Alberta’s offense kicked into gear, scoring three runs in the third inning, and an impressive five runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. With a three-run lead, the defense acted to protect the lead and take the 8-4 victory after seven innings of intense softball. Morgan Rackel was the winning pitcher, while Becki Monaghan, Jade Lee and Keelee Huff each had two RBIs in the Alberta win. After four games played, five Alberta players have a batting average over .400 with Briar Balas leading the charge with four hits in nine appearances at the plate and two RBIs. The softball ladies will face the very powerful team from Ontario tomorrow in pool action. Ontario sits first with a record of 4-0 alongside British Columbia, having allowed only three runs with two shutouts on opening day.